The Annual report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills: 2010/11

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Great Britain. Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (England)
Date of publication
22 November 2011
House of Commons papers, session 2011/12; HC 1633
Education and Skills, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This annual report presents evidence from inspection and regulatory visits undertaken by Ofsted in 2010/11 to early years and childcare providers and local authority services for children as well as schools and colleges.  The year 2010/11 saw schools emerging from special measures faster than in 2009/10 - after an average of 18 rather than 20 months, and over a fifth of them came out not as satisfactory but as good. On the other hand 14% of schools inspected have been judged satisfactory only for at least their last two inspections, with no better than satisfactory capacity to improve.  This amounts to nearly 800 schools.  There are similar challenges for social care and childcare providers.  The quality of teaching in schools remains too variable: too much is satisfactory and too little is outstanding.  Satisfactory teaching does not deliver enough progress for pupils in the most challenging circumstances.  Indeed, in the learning and skills sector the quality of teaching needs to rise across the board.  Of 312 learning and skills providers inspected, only 15 were judged outstanding for the quality of their teaching.  Children from deprived backgrounds need the best services if they are to make progress.  However, the quality of schools and childcare services was markedly lower in deprived than in affluent areas.  

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